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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



What part of the word torture don’t you understand Messrs Abbott and Shorten?


The UN has just released a report into Australia’s treatment of refugees which accuses the Australian government of torturing asylum seekers. According to Ben Doherty and Daniel Hurst in the Guardian, Juan Mendez, the UN special rapporteur on torture, says in his just released Report:

The government of Australia, by failing to provide adequate detention conditions; end the practice of detention of children; and put a stop to the escalating violence and tension at the regional processing centre, has violated the right of the asylum seekers including children to be free from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

That seems pretty clear, just as clear as Gillian Triggs was in her report 2 weeks ago on the abuses by the Australian government of the human rights of asylum seeker children in detention.

Tony Abbott’s dismissal of the report was to be expected.  He said that Australians were “sick of being lectured to by the United Nations”. That would be the same UN no doubt whose Security Council Australia was a member of in 2013 and 2014. Yep that one.

The conservatives see the brutalising of asylum seekers as one of their key strengths electorally and politically.

Bill Shorten’s silence was to be expected too.  Labor’s bipartisanship on torturing asylum seeker kids is part of their ongoing search for any cover to hide the sins of the party’s neoliberalism.

Is there a solution? We in the refugee movement must keep the pressure up. The Palm Sunday marches on 29 March are important to show our support for refugees and to reject the bipartisan agreement on the torture of children in detention.

Now that the UN has declared that Australia is torturing asylum seeker children, isn’t it time the Australian Federal Police investigated which provisions of the Crimes Act Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his 2 Immigration Minister accomplices have potentially breached?  Throw in the ALP leadership over the last few years and their Immigration Ministers too and we have a perfect unbiased investigation into the alleged torturers of refugee children.  Jail the lot of them



Comment from peter piper
Time March 10, 2015 at 9:09 am

another UN report; mmm,I wonder if delegates from Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Albania, Mexico etc etc were on this panel?

Comment from John
Time March 10, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Yes, we are in good company aren’t we with our human right abuses? But surely you aren’t criticising our great ally Saudi Arabia and the leadership there? You know, the leader/butcher whom Abbott ordered flags to be flown at half mast for when he died recently? That one.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time March 10, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Oh well, if you believe in the signing of international agreements, you have to do whatever you’re told either immediately or eventually, whether it is good for your nation or not.

Comment from Luke Weyland
Time March 12, 2015 at 3:01 pm

A vote for Liberals, Nationals or Labor is a vote for torturing asylum seekers ( yes including babies) and sending them back to be butchered.

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